If you're a recent university graduate or a young professional from out of town looking for the perfect place to set out on a new path, or you're a local who either graduated from TRU and/or grew up in Kamloops, you might have a wealth of other options on your mind. Perhaps you're considering the city lights of Toronto or Vancouver; maybe you want to head for a smaller town on the coast. But, as we're sure you've heard, Kamloops is the place to be right now. This growing city is exciting, naturally striking, and still small enough to enjoy the friendliness and communal support of a smaller town. There are housing options to suit an assortment of different lifestyles, with everything from sleek modern efficiency condos to established starter homes, cozy duplexes, and newer single-family options. If you're considering relocating to or staying in Kamloops, but are still "on the fence", let us help you out. Here are 5 reasons millennials and recent graduates will love living in Kamloops!
The Economy Is Strong & Diverse
Venture Kamloops hits the nail right on the head when they say that Kamloops' traditional industries are going strong. These resource-based industries such as mining, forestry, and agriculture are the anchors of the city's success — as is transportation of course. But we're also branching out into other spheres such as high technology, green energy and clean tech, and tourism.
The high-tech world in Kamloops will likely prove to be a big draw for skilled young professionals. The BC Innovation Council has recognized the city's growing status as a community ripe for startup success. In September 2016, Kamloops Innovation, a local tech entrepreneur organization, hosted TechBrew, a networking event for local hi-tech experts who may have felt disconnected to other people and organizations in the field. Sleek co-working spaces, strong connections in Vancouver, and increasing interest in the connecting the tech community have made Kamloops and the Okanagan at large an industry-leading hub. If this is something you want to be a part of, now is an optimal time to get your foot in the door.
Clean energy is also a cornerstone of the new Kamloops economy, with a razor-sharp focus on becoming one of BC's leading cities in this arena. Bioenergy initiatives stem from financial incentives such as the Innovative Clean Energy or ICE Fund, cutting-edge research from Thompson Rivers University, and much more.
Tourism, of course, is at its peak with Tournament City increasingly becoming a globally recognized name and Tourism Kamloops spearheading campaigns to make as many outdoor and culture enthusiasts as possible aware of our scenic gem of a city.
You Can Get Active
If you're into sports and recreation, Kamloops is the perfect place to call home. If you're not, well, chances are you will be once you get here. It's very easy to find your "thing" in Kamloops. Kilometer upon kilometer of unspoiled singletrack winds through lush forests, grassy knolls, and down sandstone bluffs.
At Sun Peaks, deep powder snow and endless vertical are yours to take advantage of. Breathtaking golf courses, state-of-the-art pools and ice rinks, and year-round running events are all part of the package. Awe-inspiring hikes and some of the cleanest lakes in the world are right at your fingertips. In addition, green space is important for your health and wellbeing, so an abundance of parks, greenbelts, and wilderness is always a plus.
It Has The Perfect Amount of Bustle
Trendy venues? Check. A healthy social scene? Check! Abundant career options, great retail, and cozy breweries? Check, check, and check. Kamloops has all you need for optimal city living — without being overwhelming. No stressfully long commutes, pollution, or cold avoidance of other civilians. No noisy night streets, dark alleyways, or overflowing dumpsters. But yes to cosmopolitan amenities, people with a variety of interests, and great local haunts. At this moment in time, Kamloops has that ever-so-elusive perfect balance.
It's Great for Raising Families
Maybe you're not there — yet. But if you do want to settle somewhere where you can raise a family in a safe, convenient, and friendly environment with great schools, great parks, and great homes, this is the place to be.
You have mobility; you can start in a stylish, open-concept condo close to your current job. Then, you can upgrade to one of the city's wealth of starter and mid-market homes. There are always ways to upgrade and suit your changing lifestyle in this city that's an idyllic fit for young professionals, young families, retirees, couples, and everyone in between.
You Can Further Your Education
Kamloops is home to an exceptional public teaching and research university, Thompson Rivers University. This great academic institution offers everything from adventure studies to a state-of-the-art law school.
The campus is beautifully maintained and features gorgeous modern facilities. Here, you can choose to take a class out of interest, for professional development, or as part of a program. Learn a new skill or embark on a new career path — the university is an integral part of the city, so use it to your advantage!
Contact Team Cavaliere—River City Realty if you have any questions about moving to Kamloops! Whether you're considering investing in a first time home or simply relocating, we can provide you with the tailored service you need.